When Will It Be Our Time?

Caught this on Drudge about the car bombs in Britain:

"The danger here is that we are entering the era of the car bomb," said an intelligence source. "In the past, al-Qa'ida-style terrorists have used high-explosive bombs aimed at symbolic, high-profile targets," he said, but that might have changed out of necessity. "It's easy to make a gas and nail car bomb without raising suspicion."

To me it's astonishing that this hasn't happened in America yet. It's really a testament to President Bush and law enforcement at the federal, state and local level. And despite what Keith Olbermann and other insane types tell us, the fact that America took the fight to the Middle East has indeed kept our streets safe.

But for how long?

Meanwhile, Londonistan Mayor "Red" Ken Livingston is blaming the victim.

Chickens Comes Home To Roost In Pakistan

Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf (who is more or less a dictator) has learned what Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Ted Kennedy, Keith Olbermann, Joe Conason, et al have yet to learn: appeasement never works.

MORE: Eric at Tygrrrr Express has a really nice essay on the people I mention above.

Britain Under Attack

More bombing attempts in Great Britain. The airports at Glasgow and Blackpool have both seen incidents this morning. Little Green Footballs is all over it. Meanwhile, the Kos Kidz have their eyes firmly shut and their fingers in their ears while Keith Olbermann is pointing out it's all a non-event: If it happens in the Middle East, it's because we're in Iraq and thus it's Bush's fault, if it happens in the West, it's because we're in Iraq and thus it's Bush's fault. And if we weren't in Iraq and something happened, well, it was probably the CIA. Maybe it's been the CIA all along, on orders from Cheney?

Folks, when you vote in 2008, vote for whoever Keith Olbermann hates the most.

Who To Recall? Who To Throw Out?

Michelle Malkin has the scoop on a move in Florida to recall Amnesty champion Mel Martinez, a Republican Senator who also happens to be the RNC Chairman and a Bush favorite. Captain Ed thinks this might be an example of throwing out the baby with the bathwater as Martinez has a good record on abortion, taxes, gun-rights, etc. I'm torn. I see Ed's point, but sometimes it only takes one issue held dear by a Senator to ruin him for life. Prime example: John McCain and campaign finance reform. I don't expect Martinez, after this whole Amnesty mess and his closeness with Ted Kennedy, to be much of an ally for conservative causes in the future. However, recalls are long-shots and since we saw one recently with California Governor Gray Davis, I wouldn't expect to see another significant one in our lifetime.

My colleague Reliapundit thinks we should target Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel. A noble quest, indeed, however I think with a primary challenge and the possibility of Bob Kerrey running, Hagel won't run again and spare himself the humiliation of what's sure to be a humiliating defeat. Lindsey Graham is also up for reelection in 2008 and definitely running again, I would think. If Nebraska is a conservative state, then South Carolina is ultra-conservative. Graham is ripe for the picking and he needs to go. The grassroots in S.C. (and elsewhere) should put all their efforts into finding a primary challenger for Graham.

Kurt Loder Unloads On Michael Moore's "Sicko"

A bad sign for the country's most successful Marxist filmmaker when even MTV can see you're full of it.


Time For Term Limits?

I've always taken the hard-core libertarian view of being against term-limits. Democracy is messy and ultimately, in a free society, you should be able to vote for anyone you wish, within reason.

However, I'm really starting to come around to the notion of term-limits in this, the information age. The country is huge, 300-million strong. Thanks to the Internet, everyone is a journalists. Public Relations is our new religion and in our Congress, the country is held hostage by a few lifetime members that can only be defeated when a grassroots movement rises up and fights tooth-and-nail (see Amnesty).

Here's what I'm thinking:

The 28th Amendment:

The President of the United States shall serve no more than one 6-year term. This would allow him one shot at doing what he thinks needs to be done. There would be no campaigning for a second term and he could just concentrate on being president. With 6 years, you get a good chance to shape policy and it seems to me to be just the right length of time. Ask any two-term president how their last two years went and you'd agree.

For the Congress, a limit of 9-terms in the House (18 years) and three terms in the Senate (18-years). Granted that's still a long time, but as Barry Goldwater once said, it took him a good two years in the Senate just to figure out what was going on. I don't think it would be productive to have guys in and out like a revolving door, but what we need to do is prevent these 40+ year guys from amassing so much power, i.e. Ted Kennedy, Robert Byrd and Ted Stevens.

It's something I've been thinking about for a while. I'm not totally convinced myself, but it's an idea. I got the final inspiration to write this post after reading this on how the young guns of the Senate GOP pushed back the old guard. The heros of the Amnesty fight were the newbies: Jim DeMint, Tom Coburn, David Vitter, and others who went toe-to-toe with the likes of Mitch McConnell, Trent Lott, Arlen Specter, John McCain and others who have stayed long past their welcomes.

Something worth thinking about.

Bomb Defused In Heart Of London

Makes sense. There's a brand new Prime Minister in Gordon Brown and while it's not on the scale of the attack from a few years ago, you can expect the terrorists are going to test Brown and see if he's another Tony Blair or another Jose Zapatero.


Amnesty Dead; Now A Plan Of Action For 2008

Well, that was quite a ride. It started with Ted Kennedy and President Bush and then got some help from the McCainiacs...McCain, Graham, Martinez and Kyl. They tried to push an amnesty bill through in the dead of night like the Baltimore Colts in a Mayflower truck. The Conservatives in America responded and responded with a vengeance. If you'd thrown in Harriet Myers, you might have had an all-out civil war.

But then it got weird. Conservatives jammed phone lines, talk radio covered the story and the blogs gave us second-by-second updates. That's not the weird part. What gave us all double-takes was the amount of vitriol aimed at the blogs, talk radio and the grassroots from Republicans. We saw Trent Lott, Trent Lott of all people bashing talk radio, the very talk radio hosts that were his only defenders during the Strom Thurmond fiasco. He says the likes of Rush and Hannity are running America and "we've gonna have to deal with that problem." He also accuses his constituents and other across the country who have been calling his offices of practicing "intimidation." George Voinovich of Ohio, no conservative I grant you, but still a Republican who admits he hasn't read the bill but accuses those who have (i.e. talk radio hosts) of being simplistic.

Does this mean there would be Republican support for the Fairness Doctrine? Maybe. I've always been doubtful that it could ever really come back due to the one ultimate factor in any legislation: money. The National Association of Broadcasters and other TV/Radio lobbying groups will fight the Fairness Doctrine tooth and nail. If it were actually made law, it would destroy AM radio, and money talks in D.C. However, while I still think it won't happen, I'm not as confident as I once was after what has transpired in this Amnesty debate. The Rockefeller Republicans are really turning on the conservative wing and making their displeasure with them known. It may be time for action.

What should we do? I think in 2008, the Conservatives should follow this line of action: Get behind the best Republican candidate for President. Face up to the fact that there was only one Ronald Reagan and you're not going to find his clone in this race. Find the guy that comes the closest to Reagan in conservative principles and most importantly who is very hawkish on the War on Terror, whether it be Rudy, Fred or Mitt and do everything you can to get him elected.

As for the Congress, that's where the conservative base needs to take a different approach. It's time to weed out the dead wood. The half-a-loaf approach in the hopes of getting/keeping a majority in either House Chamber has come back to bite us in the ass. It's given us the likes of Lindsey Graham, Mel Martinez, Arlen Specter and the like. Yes, it would suck if the Dems increased their numbers in '08, but sometimes it has to get worse before it gets better.

These are the guys that voted for Amnesty in the Senate: Bennett, Craig, Graham, Gregg, Hagel, Kyl, Lott, Lugar, Martinez, McCain, Snowe, and Specter. You could probably also throw in a few others who would have voted for it, if they thought it was the winning side, the most notable being Senator Sam Switchback and Senator Mitch McConnell who changed their votes. I'm inclined to cut McConnell a little slack as he is the Majority Leader who is somewhat obligated to serve the President and was very much in a no-win situation here. Anyway, the guys on this list have to go. Find a conservative candidate and get them to run in the primary. If they lose, then don't vote for the incumbent...let him go. If we lose seats, then we regroup and get better candidates in 2010.

Why not send a message with the presidency? Because the president is still the one person that can do the most important job in government: protecting the people. While this Amnesty debate was going on, we might have been inclined to forget that we're also at war with Islamofascists. We need a strong man leading this fight, but what we don't need any longer are guys like Lindsey Graham (who should be target #1) taking us to the dance and then ditching us for the drunk party-girl (for lack of a better metaphor).

Weed out the dead wood.

It's Over! Amnesty Bill Goes Down On Cloture Vote

The Conservative Crackdown worked. A lot of Senators defected to our side, but Senator Brownback did so at the last minute when he realized which side would win. He'd better just drop out of the presidential race now.

Democracy...it's fantastic!


Wednesday Afternoon Funny: Lindsey Graham

This is so hilarious I nearly lost it. It may take you a minute to realize how this came about, but once it dawns on you...

Jim DeMint Makes A Name For Himself

I wrote about this a few weeks ago. Whatever happens with the Amnesty Bill, Jim DeMint, one can argue, is now the stalwart conservative hero in the U.S. Senate. We need more like him.

MORE: And on the flip side, we have this guy.

Texas Supreme Court Upholds DeLay Indictment Dismissal

Via RedState.

John Kerry Pushing For Fairness Doctrine

Hardly a surprise. Courtesy Matt Drudge via YouTube, here's the failed presidential candidate calling for a correction to the "imbalance."

Squeeze down opposing views? What the hell is he talking about? Is there anyone out there that really isn't hearing a liberal/socialist point of view? He's either demented or just a liar.

It goes to the heart of the argument, however, and shows us just what the proponents of the Fairness Doctrine believe in, or in this case don't believe in, and that's the marketplace of ideas. Just yesterday, Rush had audio from a recent Larry Kudlow show on CNBC where he talked to some economic wonk who said the recent Center for American Progress report on talk radio shows that there's a "market failure." Just think about those two words for a minute...market failure. "The market" doesn't fail...people fail, and there are consequences for failure.


MORE: Michelle Malkin has full coverage of this story as well as an update on former radio talk-show host Congressman Mike Pence, who is on the front lines trying to beat back this form of censorship with the Broadcaster Freedom Act.


Wheels Coming Off McCain's Wagon

The news is not good for Senator John McCain, and I'm not talking about today's SCOTUS ruling. PoliPundit has a roundup of how his presidential campaign is spiraling down the drain and some are speculating his may drop out by September.

I want to put this on the record... If this does come to pass and McCain has to drop out early, expect him to not just flirt with a possible Vice Presidency with the Democrat candidate but to outright campaign for the job. I highly doubt he would be picked by Hillary or Obama, but I expect he'll at least support the Democrat's candidate for president. Remember one thing about this man; he holds a grudge. He'll be out for revenge if conservative, anti-amnesty forces drive his campaign into oblivion. Mark my words.

Bush Court Arrives; 5-4 Decisions Abound

Good stuff coming out of the Roberts' Court this morning as the current term winds down. Part of McCain-Feingold is struck down, a frivolous lawsuit over a pair of pants is gobsmacked and home-builders beat back environmental wackos.

Michelle Malkin has a good roundup of all the action. She also looks into the talk of what will happen if another Justice retires after this term. I think this is a waste of time. The liberal judges on the court, especially in light of these decisions, are going to hold onto their seats and their lives with everything they've got. I just don't see Stevens, Ginsburg, Souter or Breyer giving up their seats to what will be at worst a moderate conservative (at best, Janice Rogers Brown) unless their health gets so bad they can't go on.

To me, the biggest question to come out of all this is whether the liberal ass-kissing of Anthony Kennedy in the past year has backfired. We'll see more decisions this week...should be interesting.


Ted Kennedy's Spanish Serenade

Oooookay then. I guess the Senate's most famous murderer decided he needed to show the likes of Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden how to really pander to special interest groups. They're all amateurs compared to this son of El Diablo. Expect to hear this on just about every radio talk show tomorrow.

The Pot Calling The Kettle Black


The notion of a criticism a person is making of another could equally well apply to themself.


New York Times: "Murdoch has used his media empire to advance his personal and political agendas."

Senators Lott And Feinstein Talk About "Fairness"

This has to be read to be believed. From Fox News Sunday:

WALLACE: Let's start with the controversy over talk radio, because, Senator Lott, you stirred up quite a hornet's nest this week when you said this, "Talk radio is running America. We have to deal with that problem."

And here was the reaction from some conservative talk show hosts.


RUSH LIMBAUGH: Talk radio is the American voter. That's what bothers Trent Lott.

WALLACE: Senator, your response?

LOTT: Dianne and I were just talking about that. One of the mistakes that we have made many times on legislation is it's introduced, it comes out of committee, we bring it to the floor. We never bother to explain what we're trying to do and what is in it.

I think that was the mistake that was made with immigration. Talk radio defined it without us explaining that there were reasons for it and the good things that were in it.

So the onus is not on them, it's on us to do a better job of communicating what we're trying to do.

And I just want to make — you know, look, I've been defended by talk radio many times and I will support their right to tell their side of the story, right, left or the middle, forever.

I don't think this fairness doctrine that would try to require that there be X amount on both sides is fair. So you know, it's caused quite a stir, but, you know, it goes with the territory.

WALLACE: But, Senator, I'm not going to let you off the hook quite that easily. Take a look at this. You said this also last week. "I'm sure senators on both sides of the aisle are being pounded by these talk radio people who don't even know what's in the bill."

Now, I talked to some of the talk radio people, and they say you make it sound like they're leading around their listeners like a bunch of sheep. They say look, they know what's in the bill, their listeners know what's in the bill, and they don't like it.

LOTT: Well, let me tell you why I said that. As a matter of fact, I do talk radio in my own state in particular, but others, and I'm sure Dianne does, too.

I was doing one interview, and the talk radio host said, to his credit, "What are you trying to do here?" And I explained that we were trying to improve a bad situation. And that's a summation of it.

Then he said, "Well, tell me four things in this bill that you think are significantly better than the current law." So I ticked them off. He said, "That's in there?" I said, "Yeah."

See, that's the point. It's not that they're maliciously trying to, you know, distort it. And this is a complicated bill with a lot of moving parts. Some of it I don't like.

You know, I'm not committed to voting for the final product. The wheels may come off. But I am committed to trying. That's what the United States Senate should be trying to do...

WALLACE: All right. Let me...

LOTT: ... address a problem.

What. A. Weasel.

WALLACE: Let me bring in Senator Feinstein.

Oklahoma Senator Inhofe says that he overheard Barbara Boxer and Hillary Clinton three years ago complaining about talk radio and saying that there should be a legislative fix. Both of them deny it ever happened.

But let me ask you about yourself. Do you have a problem with talk radio, and would you consider reviving the fairness doctrine, which would require broadcasters to put on opposing points of view?

FEINSTEIN: Well, in my view, talk radio tends to be one-sided. It also tends to be dwelling in hyperbole. It's explosive. It pushes people to, I think, extreme views without a lot of information.

This is a very complicated bill. It's seven titles. Most people don't know what's in this bill. Therefore, to just have one or two things dramatized and taken out of context, such as the word amnesty— we have a silent amnesty right now, but nobody goes into that. Nobody goes into the flaws of our broken system.

This bill fixes those flaws. Do I think there should be an opportunity on talk radio to present that point of view? Yes, I do, particularly about the critical issues of the day.

WALLACE: So would you revive the fairness doctrine?

FEINSTEIN: Well, I'm looking at it, as a matter of fact, Chris, because I think there ought to be an opportunity to present the other side. And unfortunately, talk radio is overwhelmingly one way.

WALLACE: But the argument would be it's the marketplace, and if liberals want to put on their own talk radio, they can put it on. At this point, they don't seem to be able to find much of a market.

FEINSTEIN: Well, apparently, there have been problems. It is growing. But I do believe in fairness. I remember when there was a fairness doctrine, and I think there was much more serious correct reporting to people.

Ah, yes...those were the halcyon days, weren't they? The people were presented with the liberal point of view from the big three networks and all was right with the world.

Are you getting this?

UPDATE: Hot Air has the video.

HuffPo Blogger: Hitler Meant Well

I kid you not.

Paris Hilton To Appear On Larry King Live

Looks like Paris Hilton's first post-jail interview will be on CNN's Larry King Live and she will not be paid . I guess the old man still has some juice. Anyway, if I cared any less about this story I might slip into a coma, but what peaked my interest was the other day (no, not three years ago Senator Inhofe, the real "other day") when a friend of mine asked if it would be legal under the Son of Sam laws for her to take any of the millions of dollars being offered to her to do an interview. Now that's I've read up on it, it looks like SoS laws are pretty much dead after a Supreme Court ruling in 1991. With that question answered, I can go back to not caring.

Idea Farmers?

The Center for American Progress, a socialist think-tank run by the Clinton Machine, made some news this week by offering a plan to destroy conservative talk-radio (which is basically the same as destroying the entire medium). The Iconic Midwesterner did a little research not on what the CAP truly is, but what they want us to think they are. By doing so, IM has given me my belly-laugh for the day.

Mark Steyn: We've Replaced Rushdie In Hiding

Sad, but true.

Daniel Pearl Movie Tanks At Box Office

Part of the problem, it's really not even about him. Typical Hollywood.

Fred Thompson: Return Of The Mack

Sounds like if the presidential run doesn't work out, Fred Thompson could always write a self-help book on how to score with the ladies and never lose their admiration.


Stupid, Stupid, Stupid

Cameron Diaz is one the reasons that I hate Hollywood and barely watch new movies anymore. Now granted, I don't expect her to be an expert on history and know about Peru's struggle with Marxist rebels over the decades, however, I do expect her to know the basics of Maoism, that being the millions and millions of people murdered by the Chairman. But why let facts get in the way of radical chic? Stupid b*tch.

Dog Crowned Ugliest In The World

I now know what hell looks like. It's as if the aliens from Predator and Alien had a baby and then proceeded to beat it over the head with an ugly stick. They say it's a Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix. For the love of G-d, don't let them mix any further! Only in New Jersey, I guess.


Friday Night Funny: Dr. Katz

Rudy Tears It Up At Fundraiser

Jim Geraghty over at National Review got a chance to see Rudy Giuliani's latest speech at a fundraiser in New York City. For a candidate that makes many on the conservative-right uncomfortable, he served up a healthy portion of red meat that made many a Reaganite salivate.

I’ve come to the following conclusion: For certain Republicans, Rudy will always be untouchable — be it his stands on abortion, gay marriage, or gun control, or his messy marriages, or his in-your-face abrasive leadership style, etc.


…when Rudy gets going on an issue you agree with him on… he’s really, really good. Maybe unequaled. And it’s possible to imagine him, in some future debate, mopping the floor with a liberal challenger the way Reagan obliterated Carter and Mondale.


Questioning The Timing Of The Immigration Raids

The Left loves to question the timing of world events, especially where President Bush is involved...so in an effort to be popular, I present you with another episode of Popinjay Conspiracy Theatre.

So while President Bush, Ted Kennedy, Trent Lott and Lindsey Graham are trying to push through an amnesty bill that would legalize the roughly 12-million illegals in the United States, we get a story about a huge raid in Orange County, California that bagged 175 illegals, many of which are "immigration fugitives" who had ignored deportation orders by a judge.

Hmmm...looks like our border security is working pretty well. Looks like we are enforcing immigration laws. Maybe we shouldn't worry enforcement in the amnesty immigration bill.

These aren't the droids we're looking for. Move along, move along.

Mighty Hitch Defends Rushdie

Hot Air has video of a round table discussion show in merry old England featuring the Hitchens Brothers and a few political hacks from across the ideological spectrum. Christopher Hitchens makes mincemeat out of a "Liberal Democrat" for questioning the timing of Knighthood of writer Salmon Rushdie. It's like intellectual heroin.

Speaking of The Hitch, his book "God is Not Great" is flying off the shelves, especially in the Bible Belt where they want to "know where the enemy is coming from." I've just started reading it and I'll post my own review in the coming weeks.

Trent Lott Reveals Who He Really Is

Via PoliPundit:

"I've had my phones jammed for three weeks. Yesterday, I had three people answering them continuously all day," Lott said. "To think that you’re going to intimidate a senator or any senator into voting one way or the other by gorging your phones with phone calls - most of whom don't even know where Gulfport, Mississippi, is - is not an effective tactic. But it's their right to do that."

Just wow. The age-old American practice of writing/calling your Congressman/Senator is considered by Trent Lott to be an intimidation. To think this guy was once the voice of Senate Republicans (and now is the Number 2 voice). It's like when the Jefi found out Chancellor Palpatine is a really Sith Lord.


Clinton And Boxer Set Their Sites On Talk Radio

Man! It has just been a banner news day for those of us that follow the conspiracy to bring back the Fairness Doctrine. Drudge has a big headline that says a Senator has heard Hillary Clinton and Barbara Boxer talking about a "legislative fix" for talk radio. The server to the link is currently overloaded, but it seems that the Senator in question is James Inhofe from Oklahoma (one of my favorites). Apparently he mentioned it on a radio show today though he kinda downplayed it as talk he hears from all the time. Regardless, if theDems are able to hold a majority in Congress and Hillary wins the White House...talk radio better get ready for a modern-day version of Kristallnacht.

Report: Guantanamo To Close

From the AP via Drudge:

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is nearing a decision to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and move the terror suspects there to military prisons elsewhere, The Associated Press has learned.

President Bush's national security and legal advisers are expected to discuss the move at the White House on Friday and, for the first time, it appears a consensus is developing, senior administration officials said Thursday.

The advisers will consider a new proposal to shut the center and transfer detainees to one or more Defense Department facilities, including the maximum security military prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, where they could face trial, said the officials. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were discussing internal deliberations.

As if the conservatives weren't mad enough at Bush over Amnesty, we get this bit of news. I guess in a way you have to give Bush credit...he does things differently. Most presidents will leave office and let the next guy turn everything they did on its head, like Bush41 and Clinton did with Reagan. I guess W figures, if you want something done right...

Leftist Think Tank's Plan To Destroy Conservative Media

When the Fairness Doctrine just isn't enough, look to heroes like Hugo Chavez for guidance. That's basically the plan presented by the Center for American Progress (formerly known as "The Ministry of Truth"). In other words, Stalinism with a smiley face.

Be sure to read a few of the comments. My favorite is from a guy called Spudge Boy who says NPR is a conservative media organization. Some people are so far from reality they couldn't catch a bus back to reality.

Trent Lott Favors Fairness Doctrine

The man who says "Talk Radio is running America and we need to do something about it," isn't just flapping his gums, he means it. Mark Levin has the goods on how Lott worked behind the scenes to try and save the Doctrine in 1987.

The Daily Drudge, 6/21/07

Headlines from the morning edition of the Drudge Report:

"The Great Divide: Reporters Give Dems Money Over Republicans 9 to 1"
-In other news, the sky is blue.

President of the Czech Republic: 'Do you really “see” any damage caused by current warming?'
-Is there any way we can make this man President of the United States?

PELOSI: Iraq a 'grotesque mistake'...
-Remember when "liberals" used to have "bleeding hearts" for the oppressed? I guess some things do change in Washington.

Roseanne Barr's radio show goes off the air after only 3 months...
-Daily rendition of Star Spangelled Banner proves a ratings killer.

Edwards' daughter picks Hillary!
-G-d Bless The Child?

-This month on Pay-Per-View!

-Ever heard of the Son of Sam law?

-In other news, the sky is blue.


Alabama's Monster Pig Controversy Continues

Was it a wild hog or was it farm raised? The debate continues in the case of Boss Hawg.

Jimmy Carter: Father Of The Iranian Revolution

Great piece from Michael D. Evans in the Jerusalem Post.

Boos For Hillary Show How The Left Hates Military

From NRO's The Corner:

"We're going to end the war in Iraq and finally bring home the troops," she said as a number of Code Pink protesters stood up in the audience. When she declared, "The American military has done its job," boos began to be heard around the room. As the boos increased, Sen. Clinton raised her voice. "The American military has succeeded," she said, to more boos. "It is the Iraqi government that has failed to make the tough decisions." Still more boos.

At that point, there was a round of cheers. "I love coming here every year," Clinton said. "I see the signs, 'Get Us Out of Iraq Now.' That's what we're trying to do."

See what's happening here? Any and all praise for the U.S. Military is reason enough for hissing and catcalls from folks like Code Pink. It wouldn't matter if we turned Iraq into the Garden of Eden, they hate the military and everything it does. That's what it's all about for these people.

MORE: Don't be fooled by any of this. They may boo her now, but they will not abandon her when she gets the Democrat nomination for president. It's all a show. Leftists are always more united for the big game than their eat-their-own conservative counterparts.


Jimmy Carter Does It Again

You have to give Jimmy Carter credit; no matter what outlandish thing he says at any given time, he's never been unable to top it later on with something even more outlandish. Today we see the former President on Irish Television telling us that it is "criminal" for President Bush, the U.S., Israel and Europe to back Fatah over Hamas. From the Jerusalem Post:

Far from encouraging Hamas's move into parliamentary politics, Carter said the US and Israel, with European Union acquiescence, has sought to subvert the outcome by shunning Hamas and helping Abbas to keep the reins of political and military power.

"That action was criminal," he said in a news conference after his speech.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but even the most hardened Lefties in Congress agree that Hamas is nothing but a group of terrorists thugs. Carter's said some crazy sh*t over the years, but this has to be in the top three.

Captain Ed makes this salient point concerning the fact that Hamas is on the State Department list of outlawed terrorist organizations:

Wouldn't it literally have been a criminal act to engage with Hamas? Federal law prohibits such direct contacts and the transmission of aid to terrorist groups such as Hamas.
It reminds me too that one of the bigger foreign policy mistakes made by the U.S. and the Europeans is our encouragement of murderous groups like Hamas and al-Sadr's Shiite gang to "join the political process." They're not fools. They readily take up this challenge which gives their useful idiot comrades in the West (i.e. Carter) more semantic wiggle-room in their defense of these savages.

Elections are a part of a democratic society, but elections alone don't in and of themselves make a democratic society. People like Jimmy Carter and Joe Conason love to play up the fact that Hamas or Hugo Chavez were elected democratically, as though that gives them carte-blanche to act like thugs and expect American support. What. A. Joke.

The Self-Effacing Fred Thompson

In a speech before the London Policy Exchange think tank in London, England:

Your system also allows a change in the head of government at a moment's notice. Even your general election campaigns are mercifully brief.

Of course we believe in long presidential campaigns in the U.S. Most American politicians are afraid they won't be considered serious candidates until they've made a promise a hundred times and spent a hundred million dollars. Though every now and then you still get some slow-poke who takes his time before announcing.

Do Bad Economic Ideas Ever Die?

Sadly, the answer is no, but Steve Forbes still takes the time to give us a short history on the folly of bad economic ideas and also looks at the Scooter Libby case in his most recent Forbes column. Check it out. Very educational.

Once You're Into This Family, There's No Getting Out

The mob family that runs the Democrat Party has done a parody of the greatest mob family in television history. I have to give credit where credit is due, the Hillary camp has some creative folks working on her ad campaigns. This parody of the final scene of the Sopranos is very well done, (not to mention the appearance of Johnny Sac). Sure, people can draw the comparisons (like I just did) of the Clintons and the Sopranos in a negative light, but the general public won't respond to that. Good stuff.

The Nuge Slames Paul McCartney

I went to see a Roger Waters concert this past weekend. I always knew the former front-man for Pink Floyd was very much to the Left, but I guess going in I was in denial about him flaunting the fact. Practically every song was turned into an anti-Bush screed, and you'd think a legendary control freak like Waters (who used to criticize David Gilmour for having session musicians do most of the work at Pink Floyd concerts) would at least sing more than a couple of songs during the Dark Side of the Moon set. That tends to be the problem with these old rockers; once they get into their 50s and sometimes 60s, they become tribute bands to themselves. The Rolling Stones are probably the best example of this.

Anywho, I said to my friend as we left the concert that we should go see Ted Nugent to get some balance. Then today I see a link on Drudge to a column written by The Nuge where he goes off on Paul McCartney's anti-meat hiring and firing practices, communist actor Danny Glover and the Left in general. Music to my ears.


Free Scooter Libby

The Mighty Hitch gives us his take on why Scooter Libby should never have been brought up on charges in the first place.

Suicide Bombers Coming To America?

Via Brian Ross. (Hat tip: Hugh Hewitt)

ACLU Shows Its True Colors

In a move that shouldn't surprise anyone, the ACLU is defending the the University of Michigan's practice of supplying publicly-funded Islamic footbaths for its Muslim students.

The "civil liberties" organization that is on the lookout for anything even remotely Christian appearing on public property actually has the temerity to claim that this move by the U. of Michigan has nothing to do with religion.

Kary Moss, director of the Detroit branch of the ACLU, said its review concluded the plan is a “reasonable accommodation” to resolve “safety and cleanliness issues” that arose when Muslims used public sinks for foot cleaning before prayers, which often spilled water on bathroom floors.

“We view it as an attempt to deal with a problem, not an attempt to make it easier for Muslims to pray,” said Moss, who likened the plan to paying for added police during religious events with huge turnouts. “There’s no intent to promote religion.”

Even the best contortionists in the world couldn't compete with this pretzel logic. Bottom line: the ACLU is an anti-American values, anti-Christian organization that will do anything to fulfill Gramsci's dream.


Liberalism’s Ugly, Dictator-Appeasing Face

Via Don Surber.

Called It! Barak Plans Massive Strike On Hamas

From the Times of London: (Hat tip: Captain Ed)

ISRAEL’s new defence minister Ehud Barak is planning an attack on Gaza within weeks to crush the Hamas militants who have seized power there.

According to senior Israeli military sources, the plan calls for 20,000 troops to destroy much of Hamas’s military capability in days.

The raid would be triggered by Hamas rocket attacks against Israel or a resumption of suicide bombings.

Barak, who is expected to become defence minister tomorrow, has already demanded detailed plans to deploy two armoured divisions and an infantry division, accompanied by assault drones and F-16 jets, against Hamas.

Damn I'm good!

Hillary And Che

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. (Hat tip: Hot Air)


Reid And A New Senate Procedure For Amnesty Bill

National Review is reporting that Harry Reid may be looking at using a new Senate procedure to get the Amnesty Bill passed against the will of the people. Here's the lowdown, and if you can understand it, you should join Mensa.

Strangely, the conventional wisdom is that Harry Reid doesn't like the bill and is doing this so he can tell Hispanics he tried but secretly hope that Tom Tancredo will kill it in the House. Why? I would think Reid would want 12 million more Democrat votes.


Whoa! Tancredo Immigration Bombshell

Something is happening in this country right now. Today, without many of us realizing it, there was a huge political earthquake in Washington. Colorado Congressman and presidential candidate Tom Tancredo (who talked about immigration reform before it was cool), offered up an amendment that he's been trying to get passed for years. It calls for denying emergency funds to U.S. cities that serve as sanctuaries for illegal Americans immigrants.

So what happened? It passed 234-189. Everyone is shocked...Tancredo is jubilient, and many are theorizing that this could be end of the Amnesty Bill.

To quote Bob Dylan, "You don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows."


Angelina Jolie Runs Headlong Into Irony

I used to fantasize about her...now, she's dead to me.

Harry Reid Pleases Nutroots

The Senator from Nevada continues to embarass us out here in West. Whether it's calling the President a "loser" in front of school kids or declaring the war in Iraq "lost," he never misses a chance to prove that he is in over his head as Senate Majority Leader. Now, he has seen fit to call Generals Pace and Petraeus "incompetent." I'm not a psychologists, but I believe Reid suffers from a condition known as projection.

UPDATE: There's some dispute over whether Reid actually said this, but Politico is standing by the story.


Dems Declare Iraq Troop Surge A Failure

Well, it's all over...the Democrats told me so. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have informed the president in a letter that the three-month old troop surge (which won't be fully deployed for another two months) is a failure and there's no point in waiting to hear from US commander in Iraq, David Petraeus, when he gives his progress report in September. Don't question it! They know best.

As Bender on Futurama would say, "Welp, let's get lootin'!"

Conservatives Still Have Hope

James Lewis over at The American Thinker has a immigration plan that would boost conservatives and President Bush: Withdraw the current bill and submit a Border Fence Appropriation Bill that the Democrats will be forced to vote down and label themselves as open-border maniacs (for those that don't see it already). Too bad it'll never happen.

Right now, the best we can hope for is that the GOP amendment being worked on by Lindsey Grahamnesty in an effort to appease conservatives against the bill will be so odious to the Left that they vote it down.

Democrats Punish Radio Station For Carrying Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh has long been a thorn in the side of liberals, but now, because of him, some Democratic politicians don't even want to join with a local radio station to broadcast hurricane information.

Radio station WIOD, AM 610, has been the official channel for emergency information from Broward County government for the past year. The County Commission, all Democrats, balked at renewing the deal Tuesday, unable to stomach the station also being home to Limbaugh's talk show.

They're well within their rights to do so, but if you think this is just a one-time thing, just wait until the Democrats gets back into the White House. (Hat tip: Instapundit)


Ehud Barak Wins Labor Party Leadership

The former Israeli Prime Minister who bent over backwards to try and gain peace with the Syrians and the PLO, (only to be played the fool) staged a bit of a comeback today as he won the Labor Party leadership post replacing the incompetent Amir Peretz. It seems all but certain Barak will also take over for Peretz as Defence Minister and once again face Bibi Netanyahu in the next election for Prime Minister. Barak was billed as "the only politician that can defeat Netanyahu" who is extremely popular right now. He did it once before in 1999, but after many failures was trounced by Ariel Sharon two years later.

Never a dull moment in Israeli politics. What I'm going to be watching for is whether Barak, when he becomes Defense Minister, makes some rather hawkish moves militarily in order to quell Bibi's popularity. Stay tuned.

Bill Clinton Name-Dropped By Las Vegas Madame

It's probably a bunch of crap, but it's amusing nonetheless. From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Esperanza Brooks bragged about her discreet girls and high-end clientele.

But the cheerleading coach turned moonlighting madame name-dropped to the wrong people and landed in jail last week.

Las Vegas police arrested Brooks, 36, and four associates last week after a two-week investigation into the local prostitution ring. The investigation started when a tipster told detectives about a cheerleading coach at Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy who might be running a prostitution service.

When an undercover detective called Brooks, she said her girls were clean and only serviced upscale clients, a police report said. She later boasted that she had more than 40 women working for her and that her clients ranged from basketball star Shaquille O'Neal to a former president, according to the report.

"These are not your average girls. Some of them have worked with Bill Clinton," Brooks told an undercover officer, according to the report.

Police don't have any information to prove or disprove Brooks' clientele claims, Officer Jose Montoya said.

G-d I love this town!

The Real Pete Seeger

Still Stalinist after all these years.

Jim DeMint: The New Jesse Helms

I mean that in a good way. As a libertarian, I disagreed with Helms on almost all of the so-called "social issues," but Helms was also the stalwart of the Senate's true conservatives and saved our country from peril on more than a few occasions. To me, his shining moment came in 1999 when he was able to engineer the defeat of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty which would have rendered the United States impotent without a reliable nuclear arsenal while the rest of the world (i.e. Russia and China) did whatever the hell they wanted. It occurred to me then that we need guys like Helms in the Senate to stop these once a decade movements of sheer madness.

Turn the clock ahead to the present day and we find a Republican President and a Democrat Congress pushing for immigration reform that essentially rewards criminals and makes sure the Democrats hold a majority in government for generations. Helms is long retired, who's gonna pick up the conservative mantel?

Enter South Carolina Junior Senator Jim DeMint. He is considered the key player in the move that (at least temporarily) killed the amnesty bill:

After the cloture vote failure at noon on Thursday, Harry Reid could not get unanimous consent to call up amendments to the bill because Jim DeMint refused to give his consent. This was extremely problematic for Reid because he wanted to get in votes on 6 more amendments before the last try at a cloture vote.

At that point, all the senators who were participants in the "Grand Compromise" AKA the "Masters of the Universe" by the opponents of the bill, leaned on DeMint to try to get him to give consent for the bill to move forward. Unfortunately for them, DeMint wouldn't budge. This essentially killed the entire afternoon that the pro-amnesty side hoped to use to shore up support for the bill.

While DeMint was gumming up the works, the opponents of the bill, including most prominently Jim DeMint, Jeff Sessions, and Tom Coburn, huddled and came up with a list of conservative amendments they wanted considered.

The proverbial three amigos (pardon the ethnic pun): DeMint, Sessions, Coburn. These guys have stepped up the to plate and are defending our country and its foundation as a nation of laws, not men.

MORE: From Senator DeMint's website, a letter to the President: (Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin)

Dear Mr. President:

We respectfully ask that your Administration enforce the border security laws that have already been authorized by Congress regardless of whether the Senate passes the immigration reform bill. The bill assumes that several critical border security benchmarks can be achieved within 18 months. These security triggers are already authorized under current law and can be completed without the immigration bill. We believe these enforcement measures are vital and should not wait until Congress passes additional immigration reforms.

Securing the border is the best way to restore trust with the American people and facilitate future improvements of our immigration policy.


U.S. Senators Jim DeMint (R – South Carolina), Tom Coburn (R – Oklahoma), Mike Enzi (R – Wyoming), David Vitter (R – Louisiana), Jim Inhofe (R – Oklahoma), Jim Bunning (R – Kentucky), Charles Grassley (R – Iowa), John Ensign (R – Nevada) and Jeff Sessions (R – Alabama).

Rudy Giuliani Unveils 12 Commitments

1. I will keep America on offense in the Terrorists’ War on Us.
2. I will end illegal immigration, secure our borders, and identify every non-citizen in our nation.
3. I will restore fiscal discipline and cut wasteful Washington spending.
4. I will cut taxes and reform the tax code.
5. I will impose accountability on Washington.
6. I will lead America towards energy independence.
7. I will give Americans more control over, and access to, healthcare with affordable and portable free-market solutions.
8. I will increase adoptions, decrease abortions, and protect the quality of life for our children.
9. I will reform the legal system and appoint strict constructionist judges.
10. I will ensure that every community in America is prepared for terrorist attacks and natural disasters.
11. I will provide access to a quality education to every child in America by giving real school choice to parents.
12. I will expand America’s involvement in the global economy and strengthen our reputation around the world.

It's a good list and I agree with every point, I just worry that he's going to try and give people more information than they can absorb. Hopefully as the campaign goes along he's be able to refine his stump speeches down to 3 or 4 broad commitment points. I don't mean to be pessimistic, I think Rudy's doing great and though I'm biased, I think he's running the best campaign out there right now. People respond to candidates that know what they're doing. There's a reason Rudy is leading in all the polls. I hope he and Thompson can pair up.


Reid Continues His Reign Of Ignorance

Nevada's own Harry Reid continues to embarrass himself as he criticizes Joe Lieberman's call for a military strike on Iran.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rejected on Monday another prominent senator's call for a military strike against Iran, saying a U.S. attack would destabilize the Middle East.

That's the freakin' point! Did anyone complain when we "destabilized" all of Europe after D-Day? You can disagree with the notion of attacking Iran with a sound argument or two, but this isn't one of them. It also cuts to the heart of what American socialists believe. Nothing is better than stability, especially when it means one dictator holding a country together through terror and oppression. Remember how some of the Left were saying Iraq was better off under Saddam? Same reasoning here with Senator Reid. Yes, it's no picnic when you're trying to rebuild a country or a region, but Harry Reid and his ilk believe that it's better for millions of people to live under tyranny than face "destabilization."

Democrats Embrace Secret Earmarks

We all knew it was a lie and now we have the proof:

After election year promises of “the most ethical and open Congress in history,” transparency, House Democrats will include slush funds for billions in secret earmarks in each appropriations bill considered this year. House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-WI) has announced that secret earmarks will be inserted into the bills during conference committee – AFTER the bills have been considered on the House floor.

Crooks. (Hat tip: Gateway Pundit)


Sopranos Comes To A Close

Well, it's an ending...I guess. We find out that Tony will most likely be indicted someday soon...Uncle Junior's mind is completely gone...Pauly is afraid of death, and A.J. can't decide if he's Al Gore or George W. Bush...but through it all, life apparently goes on.

MORE: Captain Ed's take.

UPDATE: Angry fans crash HBO website.

Did Al Gore Use Fake Abe Lincoln Quote?


Dump Lindsey Graham

The Conservative of South Carolina (and there are many) have finally had it with Senator Lindsey Graham and a movement to dump him is forming. Michelle Malkin has the links.

Bush Gets Heroes Welcome In Albania

I'm constantly amazed at the difference between countries that have truly known oppression and those that think they know what's best for everyone. Whenever George W. Bush goes to Britain or France or some Western European country, he's met with protesters and their "Stop American Imperialism" bullsh*t, but when he visits Eastern Europe or a country like Albania that has known almost nothing but oppression until the last 15 years or so, they treat him like a rock star.

Nearing the end of an eight-day trip, Bush got a hero's reception in this desperately poor country, still struggling to recover from being cut off from the rest of the world for four decades under the harsh rule of dictator Enver Hoxha. Hoxha died in 1985, and Albania emerged from isolation in 1990 but still is one of Europe's most impoverished lands.

Cannons boomed salutes from mountains overlooking the capital. Huge banners proclaimed "Proud to be Partners," and billboards read "President Bush in Albania Making History."

Throngs of people grasped Bush's hands, arms and fingers on the streets of Fushe Kruje, a small town near the airport where he stopped to chat in a cafe with business owners. Unused to such adoring crowds in America, Bush reveled in the attention. He kissed women on the cheek, posed for pictures and signed autographs. Someone reached out and rubbed his gray hair."

Bushie, Bushie," people shouted.

Amazing contrast, isn't it?

That Was The Week That Was

Don Surber has a roundup on a crazy week in the USA.

Sarkozy Is On A Roll

Sarkozy's UMP has won the first round of parliamentary elections in France which could give his party as many as 470 seats in the 577 member parliament. It appears France is truly ready for change and there's not much left to stop Sarkozy from implementing desperately needed reforms like tax cuts, cracking down on crime, loosening up labor laws and better relations with the good ol' U.S. of A.

It's so bad for the Stalinists in France right now that they may just have to hold a yard sale. Dibs on Lenin's beard!


Amnesty Debate In A Nutshell

With this link we see why The O'Reilly Factor and HotAir.com are the so popular. In it we get the amnesty debate in a neat little package. Michelle Malkin appears on O'Reilly to make the point that first we need to have enforcement. Meanwhile, Geraldo Rivera call this Nazism. A novice can learn much here.


Sarkozy Takes No Chances

Via Time Magazine:

Only a month after the French went to the polls in near-record numbers to vote in the most impassioned Presidential campaign in recent history, they now seem to be sleep-walking toward legislative elections whose outcome many consider a foregone conclusion. President Nicolas Sarkozy has deftly built on the momentum of his victory in that election, and now looks set to win one of the most commanding parliamentary majorities ever. Still, the conservatives are taking no chances, waging a surprisingly aggressive campaign that contrasts sharply with the laid-back voter attitudes ahead of Saturday's vote.

"Is This What We've Become?"

Shep Smith of Fox News Channel gets my vote for quote of the year.

It's hilarious to watch these news networks with wall-to-wall Paris Hilton coverage while at the same time, the anchors are whining and moaning about it. It's absolutely classic. Yes, Shep, that is what the MSM has become: The Marie Antoinette Media...having their cake and eating it too.

This video of Shep Smith's coverage over at Hot Air is gonna place in my Top 10 video clips of all time...somewhere around William F. Buckley threatening to beat up Gore Vidal and Arianna Huffington knocking over the microphones to get her picture taken next to Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Grim Milestone...For Terrorists

3,184 terrorists killed in Iraq since January. The only death toll the MSM is not interested in.

McCain And Graham In Big Trouble

The base is restless and none too happy with these two after their performance this week.


Amnesty Bill Dead For Now

Short version of events: last cloture vote failed, Reid blamed Republicans, withdrew the bill, said he'd bring it back in a few weeks, Lindsey Graham cried.

Really, really good news. This buys conservatives more time to debate the issue and expose the amnesty cabal for what it is. This is a big chance for conservatives to make a comeback after a really bad year.

Also, can anyone remember a time in our history when we had a U.S. Senate that cared less about the will of the people? You have to wonder if Arlen Specter suffers from Dementia.

MORE: Don Surber: "Surrender: It’s what Reid is good at."

Thank you and good night.

Rudy's New Health Care Plan

Disclaimer up front: I am a Giuliani man, so I may be biased, but I just think Rudy is running a really smart campaign. Yes, he's flailing a bit on abortion (check another site for hand-wringing on that, you won't find it here) but he's strong on the war on terror and many other pressing issues. Now he's offering an answer to the Democrats plans for socialized medicine (from Newsmax):

Republican presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani is preparing to lay out a health-care plan that would mark a significant change in how health insurance is paid for in the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported in its online edition on Wednesday.

The proposal would also move the former New York City mayor's campaign beyond its signature security issue, the Journal said.

Giuliani, currently leading opinion polls for the 2008 Republican nomination, wants to move tens of millions of people from employer-based health insurance to the individual market as a way of giving people more coverage choices, the Journal said, citing an interview with the candidate.

Giuliani said Washington needs a "paradigm shift" toward an individual insurance marketplace covering perhaps three times as many people as it does now. But Giuliani would not scrap employer-based coverage, according to the report.

I think it's a brilliant move. There is a risk of becoming one-note, even when said note is the most important issue in the country. Regardless, offering a health care plan that empowers individuals and presents an alternative to Hillary/Obama socialism gives him a leg up.

Ronald Reagan had it right. Don't try and be all things to all people. He stuck to themes: Cut taxes, slow government growth, beat the Commies. (He managed to accomplish two out of three). Giuliani would be wise to follow Reagan's lead: stick to three basic themes and hammer them home. Fighting terror and empowering people to have more choices in health care is a good start. If he can do that, he'll win over the conservative/libertarian base.

Battered Columnist Syndrome

Heh. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

Starbucks Practices Segregation

It really is amazing how Islam has been "made" by the Leftists in this country. Much like a "made guy" in the Italian Mafia, you can't touch it. The things that occur in countries like Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia are excused and even lauded while these same practices were once shunned and condemned when they occurred in places like, oh, the American South.

Case in point, Roger L. Simon has the scoop on how Starbucks, led by their liberal-minded CEO, have gender-segregated coffee shops in Saudi Arabia. Women must enter through a back door and are kept in a room separate from the men who are in the main section of the building. But hey, it's their religion...who are we to judge, right?

McCain, Graham Check With Kennedy Before Voting

The Washington Times has this little nugget from last night's action in the Senate:

The late-night vote was on an amendment that would require illegal aliens who get legal status to have a minimum level of health insurance. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat who is the chamber’s most liberal member, was — not surprisingly — opposed.

Writes Mr. Dinan: “Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John McCain of Arizona both went to check with Mr. Kennedy before casting their votes to match his. Soon after, (Arizona Republican Sen. Jon) Kyl also switched his vote to match Mr. Kennedy’s.”

The amendment was defeated.

Awesome. While they're at it, they should check with Ramsey Clark before they vote on foreign policy legislation.

Trent Lott Throws Fit Over Efforts To Kill Amnesy Bill

"We're going to do this damned thing, and if we don't, I think we should dissolve the Congress and just go home."

Now that is the best idea I've heard in quite a while!

Favoritism For Paris Hilton

For once in his life, Al Sharpton has a point. Courtesy Drudge:

"Though I have nothing but empathy for Ms. Hilton whom I have met and appeared with on Saturday Night Live the night I hosted in 2003, this early release gives all of the appearances of economic and racial favoritism that is constantly cited by poor people and people of color. There are any number of cases of people who handle being incarcerated badly and even have health conditions that are not released.

"I have served several sentences for civil rights and civil disobedience actions and I even fasted which caused health concerns to prison authorities who paid for a doctor to come see me daily rather than release me. This act smacks of the double standards that many of us raise."

He's right. There's really no other explanation for Hilton to be let out of jail and put under house arrest. I wouldn't mind spending 40 days in her house. My house, not so much.

George W. Bush's Missing Spine Finally Found



We Are At War With Iran

When are people finally going to realize that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are over and now we're fighting a war against Iran, except the fighting is taking place in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now we know that not only are the Mullahs providing arms to Iraqi terrorists, they're providing them to the Taliban. There's actually a guy in the comments section of Brian Ross' page at ABC News that says:
Here's a fact to consider: the Iranian government is Shi'a. The Taliban are Sunni - hard core Sunnis. These people do not have a common cause. They have been at odds with each other since the 7th century.

Please check your sources!!

The guys in the movie "Jackass" have more sense than this guy.

What If The Normandy Invasion Occurred Today?

The acting's not great, but it's still a spot-on little satire of the modern media and its desire to hurt America's war efforts. Best part: the analysis from Professor Dunn. You'll see.

Rudy Giuliani: The Real Libertarian In The GOP Race

James Pethokoukis has an excellent piece on how Rudy Giuliani is the only GOP candidate that's putting forth libertarian ideas to deal with the real issues. He supplies this nugget from Rudy at last night's debate:

"Health insurance should become like homeowners insurance or like car insurance: You don't cover everything in your homeowners policy. If you have a slight accident in your house, if you need to refill your oil in your car, you don't cover that with insurance. But that is covered in many of the insurance policies because they're government dominated and they're employer dominated."

Music to my ears.

Finally! Hagel To Be Challenged For Senate Seat

Finally someone in my home state of Nebraska is stepping up to the plate in an effort to get rid of the nation's worst Senator, Chuck Hagel. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning let the folks at the New York Sun know that he will announce tomorrow his intention to challenge Senator Hagel in the Republican Senatorial primary next spring. Bruning is a two-term AG who is disturbed by Hagel's anti-war and anti-Israel stances.

Mr. Bruning also mentioned New York Sun editorials documenting the weakness of Mr. Hagel's record on Israel, including a recent speech by Mr. Hagel before an Arab American group in which Mr. Hagel said that support for Israel shouldn't be automatic. Mr. Bruning, 38, has been to Israel three times and is seeking backing from the pro- Israel community for his challenge to Mr. Hagel. It'll be interesting to see how Mr. Hagel's weakness on foreign policy plays in the American heartland when challenged by a strong candidate such as Mr. Bruning. There's been talk of Mr. Hagel mounting a Republican presidential campaign or joining with Mayor Bloomberg on an independent presidential ticket, but it looks to us as if the senator from the cornhusker state may be lucky if he even manages to hold on to his Senate seat. It'll be a race on which to keep a close eye.

G-d speed, Jon!


GOP Debate Highlights

I didn't watch the Republican presidential debate tonight. As I've said before, I'm just not ready, and I don't see much of a point in the debates until they weed out the deadwood (i.e. Ron Paul, Sam Brownback, Tommy Thompson, et al). John over Power Line thinks my main man Rudy came off the best. He also had this interesting analysis:

I should emphasize that this was a great night for the Republican Party. The contrast between these candidates and what the Dems have to offer was laughable. And they didn't take the bait to attack one another. They disagreed, but in an adult, respectful, substantive way, while expressing respect for the other candidates. Mitt Romney, John McCain and Rudy Giuliani were all exemplary in this respect. It was good, too, that immigration didn't crowd out everything else. And when CNN went off on a rather weird evolution/gays in the military/would you pardon Scooter Libby sequence, the candidates rose above it and didn't allow themselves to be stereotyped. All in all, an excellent night for the Republicans.

There may still be hope.

UPDATE: Hot Air has a roundup of reviews from the major bloggers...and it's a landslide: everyone (except Michelle Malkin, who thinks no one won) says Rudy won.


This Is Not A Bumper Sticker

Via The Chicago Boyz.

Fairness Doctrine: Neal Boortz Says It's Coming Back

Libertarian radio talk-show host Neal Boortz says if Hillary Clinton or another Democrat like her is elected president and the Congress remains under Democrat control, the Fairness Doctrine will be reinstated.

"The only thing that I can see stopping it would be the lack of a filibuster-proof majority in the U.S. Senate.

"The left cannot tolerate talk radio. They tried this venue and they failed. They fail time after time after time. Look at Air America. These people had to pay radio stations to carry their programming. No wonder they ran out of money so quick . . .

"So the only tactic they have left is to destroy talk radio through this phony Fairness Doctrine.”

Weird: John Ramsey And Beth Holloway Twitty Dating

Only in America could JonBenet's dad and Natalee Holloway's mom hook up. We should all start praying to whatever G-d the tabloids pray to because he giveth in abundance.

William Jefferson, Democrat Louisiana, Indicted

The Congressman famous for having rescue teams help him move stuff out of his house in New Orleans while the peasants waited in vain has been indicted for racketeering, soliciting bribes and money-laundering.

What do you bet he wins in court and gets reelected?

Remembering The Tiananmen Square Massacre

Via Gateway Pundit.


The Sopranos Coming To A Close

Well, tonight we saw the swan song of Bobby Bacala and the near-fatal shooting of Silvio. It was a pretty big episode of the Sopranos as it was the first time something interesting has happened on the show in about 4 years. I'm sorry, the Sopranos was a great show, but the last few seasons have gone a long way in damaging its television legacy. Next week is the last episode ever. Maybe they can redeem themselves.

Democrats Hide Pet Projects From Voters

Amazingly, this story comes from the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) - After promising unprecedented openness regarding Congress' pork barrel practices, House Democrats are moving in the opposite direction as they draw up spending bills for the upcoming budget year.

Democrats are sidestepping rules approved their first day in power in January to clearly identify "earmarks" - lawmakers' requests for specific projects and contracts for their states.

Rather than including specific pet projects, grants and contracts in legislation as it is being written, Democrats are following an order by the House Appropriations Committee chairman to keep the bills free of such earmarks until it is too late for critics to effectively challenge them.

Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., says those requests for dams, community grants and research contracts for favored universities or hospitals will be added to spending measures in the fall. That is when House and Senate negotiators assemble final bills.

Such requests total billions of dollars.

As a result, most lawmakers will not get a chance to oppose specific projects as wasteful or questionable when the spending bills for various agencies get their first votes in the full House in June.

The pride is back!

Rudy Says JFK Plot Shows He Should Be President

He's right.


War On Terror Back On, Plot At JFK Airport Halted

NEW YORK (AP) - A suspected terrorist cell planned a "chilling" attack to destroy John F. Kennedy International Airport, kill thousands of people and trigger an economic catastrophe by blowing up a jet fuel artery that runs through populous residential neighborhoods, authorities said Saturday.

Three men were arrested and one was being sought in Trinidad on Saturday. In an indictment charging the four men, one of them is quoted as saying the foiled plot would "cause greater destruction than in the Sept. 11 attacks," destroying the airport, killing several thousand people and destroying parts of Queens, where the line runs underground.

One of the suspects, Russell Defreitas, a U.S. citizen native to Guyana and former JFK employee, said the airport was a symbol that would put "the whole country in mourning."

"It's like you can kill the man twice," Defreitas said, according to the indictment.

The plot never got past the planning stages. It posed no immediate threat to air safety or the public, the FBI said Saturday.

"The devastation that would be caused had this plot succeeded is just unthinkable," U.S. Attorney Roslynn R. Mauskopf said at a news conference, calling it "one of the most chilling plots imaginable."

No, it's very thinkable for those of us who don't have our heads in the sand.


UPDATE: Giant Hog Killed In Alabama Was Farm-Raised

The story of the giant "monster pig" in Alabama keeps getting weirder as we're getting reports that the hog was actually raised on a farm and was not a "wild pig."

Keep it here for further updates.

Your Daily Reality Check

Don Surber has a list of undeniable truths that should be read by everyone.

Freedom Today, Socialism Tommorrow

As our hero Rosie would say, "Google it!"

So I did.

I put "Hillary" and "tommorrow" in the Google News search.

I got one hit...from Fox News.

For some crazy reason, I have a feeling this misspelling incident would have gotten more MSM play if it had been a George W. Bush event.

What liberal media?

CNN Moving To The Right?

The Clinton News Network? The network that covered up Saddam's crimes in order to keep a Baghdad bureau? What's going on in Atlanta?

In the past week or so, CNN has done 3 hard-hitting stories on the poor ethics of Congressional Democrats. They even did a story on the al-Qaeda torture manual that the rest of the MSM won't touch. (I only know this from reading the blogs for I have refused to watch CNN since the Eason Jordan scandal.) What gives?

Could it be that finally, at long last, they're looking at their ratings and Fox News' ratings and finally, at long last, coming to the conclusion that maybe, just maybe Fox News is on to something with their platform of a more conservative-friendly news operation?

Seems a long shot, but even if they are moving to the Right, they've got a long way to go before they can even think about redemption.